September Skin Care Empties 😎
It’s the end of September! Here’s what I finished! September’s empties was quite satisfying. I knocked out a ton of products this month! I’ve been meaning to finish up some of these products, such as the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel (finally!) and Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ (White)! And some others. 😁 Now here are my thoughts on my September empties! Enjoy! 😊
iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum:
Here goes my last bottle of iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum! I purchased this serum to help moisturize and brighten my skin. That’s what this serum claims to do. It says right on the packaging that it’s powerful calming, nourishing and brightening, and is for wrinkle care. Some beneficial ingredients in this serum are Propolis Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Niacinamide, and Sodium Hyaluronate. I went through a few bottles of this serum. It’s a serum that feels nourishing and soothing on the skin, but it does feel sticky and takes a while to absorb into the skin. I didn’t like the texture of the product. After finishing a few bottles of this serum, I didn’t notice much of a difference in my skin. It helps to hydrate, but it didn’t help with wrinkles and didn’t brighten my skin. All it was is a hydrating serum. I’ve decided that I’m not going to purchase it again.
Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel:
Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel was one of those products that I couldn’t let go, which is weird because the ingredients aren’t too exciting. It contains Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Glycerin, Propolis Extract, Betaine, Cucumber Fruit Extract, to name a few. The product was lightweight, somewhat hydrating, and soothes the skin. It also didn’t break my skin out. I loved it for a while. But, I haven’t been using on my face lately, and I don’t miss it at all. Thinking about it now, I don’t think it did much for my skin. I just kept it around because it didn’t clog my pores, and I needed a product that moisturizes my skin just a little bit. I had a hard time finding a moisturizer that works on my skin. This was the closest to a product that moisturizes my skin. It worked for a while, but I’ve found something better.
Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ (White):
I finally finished the last Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ (white version!). It took me so long to reach the last bottle. Finally, I have! So the white version is the unlikable version of the ‘Clear’. The white version didn’t break me out, but it leaves the skin with a noticeable white cast and dries out the skin tremendously. Well, on my skin it did. It didn’t look good on my skin. It accentuated every fine line and wrinkle, pore, and flake. There’s no way I’m going to purchase the white one again. It’s terrible. I don’t recommend it at all. Stay away from it unless you like having a white cast and dry skin. The cooler weather is coming up, so it’s best to stay away from this sunscreen.
Gold Bond Ultimate Neck & Chest Firming Body Treatment Cream:
I’ve been using Gold Bond Ultimate Neck & Chest Firming Body Treatment Cream at the beginning of this year. I’m on my second tube. The product is pretty tiny. It’s only 2 oz. The cream is supposed to help improve skin elasticity, texture, firmness, boost hydration, and repair dry, depleted skin. It contains salicylic acid to exfoliate to help reveal younger-looking skin. After finishing the cream, I feel that this cream is just another body cream. I didn’t notice an improvement in skin elasticity or texture. It’s just another product that’s making claims and under-delivering. It’s not a bad product when it comes to moisturizing, but there’s more affordable options out there that moisturizes the skin. I couldn’t tell the difference between this cream and my other moisturizing creams. I’m glad I’m done with it. I won’t repurchase again.
Differin Oil-Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30:
Another sunscreen I finally finished before the winter season! It’s the Differin Oil-Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30! I’ve been trying to finish this sunscreen up too. I don’t use it on my face anymore. I stopped after it started to make my skin oily while causing breakouts. Also, it burns my eyes too. It’s just not the type of sunscreen for my sensitive facial skin. My skin is very picky with sunscreens. This one failed the test. So I used this sunscreen mainly on my hands. It’s moisturizing, lightweight, and feels just like a non-greasy moisturizer. When I finished it, I never looked back. Out it goes!
Up & Up All In One Micellar Cleansing Water:
I stopped using micellar cleansing water on my face. I had half a bottle left, but I couldn’t finish the rest. The product does help to remove residue and makeup from the facial skin, but I just don’t like the way micellar water feels on the skin. It’s just one of those products that I can live without. So with the rest of the micellar water, I ended up using it to remove my eye makeup. I had to use it for something. I didn’t want to waste it. Once I finished the whole bottle, I tossed it out and didn’t repurchase. It’s not just this micellar water that I don’t care for. It’s micellar water in general. I haven’t found one that I liked. It feels like an extra step in my skin care routine that I don’t need. A cleansing oil alone removes my sunscreen and makeup just fine. I’ve had no issues just using a cleansing oil followed by a face wash. It works, and I don’t have to use another product like this one to aid in the product removal process. I prefer to keep my skin care to a minimum as much as possible, lol.
CeraVe Eye Repair Cream:
I’ve tried a ton of eye creams and this one just sucked. lol. There’s no other way I can put it. The ingredients look nice. It contains Niacinamide, Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, Almond Oil, Aloe, Vitamin E, and much more. But it doesn’t live up to its claims. The eye cream is supposed to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Ceramides help to repair and restore. Nope, none of that happened. It didn’t help with dark circles or puffiness. I love ceramides, but it didn’t do anything for my skin in this eye cream. My skin still felt dry using this eye cream. It just didn’t do anything. I wouldn’t recommend this eye cream. It just wasn’t a good pick.
RoC Line Smoothing Daily Cleansing Pads:
I finished two containers of the RoC Line Smoothing Daily Cleansing Pads. The product claims to visibly reduce fine lines and improve tone and texture in 1 week. Diminishes signs of photo-aging and uneven skin tone, dark spots in 4 weeks. Visibly diminishes wrinkles and pores in 12 weeks. There are 28 pads per container. After finishing this product, I didn’t notice many changes in my skin besides softer and smoother skin. It didn’t help to reduce fine lines or wrinkles. Tone and texture, not so much either. Signs of photo-aging and even skin tone? Nope. Diminishes wrinkles and pores? Not at all. Just softer and smoother skin, lol. It’s a good physical exfoliant (pads with tiny little bumps on it) that cleanses the skin very well. My skin always feels squeaky clean afterwards, which is nice on this oily skin of mine. I liked this product, but I don’t really need it in my routine. I feel like it’s one of those products that’s just fun to use. I won’t purchase again.
Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+:
I tried Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+ on my face, but that didn’t work out. It felt really greasy and oily on the skin. It has a chemical smell to it too that I didn’t like. It also broke me out. I wanted it to work out due to the price and that it’s SPF 70+. I finally finished my last tube of this product, and I’m happy that it’s gone. It worked well on my body but not my face. I won’t repurchase it again for the body because it’s only 2.5 fl. oz.
For my August Empties go here 👈🏻
Trying CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint + Review!
I had a chance to try out CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint. I was getting annoyed with the white cast that mineral sunscreens give off even after blending it into the skin. That darn white cast (though sometimes subtle) never truly goes away. And I’m also trying to wear less makeup and focus on taking care of my skin aka controlling my acne breakouts. The less skin care products on my face, the better. So it seems like it after eliminating a ton of skin care products from my routine. So one day, I did a quick search and this product popped up. It’s the CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Sheer Tint!
So I’m not too fond of CeraVe skin care products. I haven’t had a good experience with this brand, and I’ve tried plenty of their products. It’s like my face just doesn’t like CeraVe. I’ve tried products from sunblock (tried it more than once), moisturizing cream, eye cream, face washes. The leave-on products break me out, face washes don’t leave my skin feeling clean (breakouts), and the eye cream is simply a waste of money. It does absolutely nothing, doesn’t even moisturize. The only product that I can tolerate is the CeraVe Healing Ointment. I rarely use it on my facial skin. Only when I have dry patches of skin on my face. Otherwise, I use it on my lips to moisturize. This is the only good product that works on my skin that I have from CeraVe, lol. With that in mind…
Now back to CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint.
My Thoughts on CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint!
This tinted sunscreen product comes in a 1.7 fl. oz. (50 mL) tube. It’s actually pretty cute. I really like the packaging and coloring of it. So this isn’t a high SPF product. It’s only SPF 30. I wish it was at least SPF 50, but it is what it is. I decided to pick up a box anyways. The product is NOT sealed upon opening. I prefer products that are sealed. That was a huge disappointment. As for the product itself, it’s a cream that feels super soft and moisturizing. The ingredients include ceramides, niacinamide, and sodium hyaluronate. Knowing the ingredients, this product would provide some skin healing, moisturizing benefits. Pretty awesome, especially when my moisture barrier was on fire.
When I applied the cream to my face, it smoothed over the skin very easily and effortlessly. It feels soft, smooth, and very, very moisturizing. I must emphasize how moisturizing it is on the skin. I think a little too moisturizing for my skin type, which is the oily type. I was a bit worried since I know I can’t use products this moisturizing. On the box, it did say that it’s a ‘hydrating mineral sunscreen’. It truly is hydrating. But on my skin, it looked very oily and I would say on the greasy side. I had to apply another product over CeraVe to tame the oiliness, greasiness. If you have dry or normal skin, this might work better for you. It just made my face look like pure grease.
As for the shade of the product, there’s only one shade available. It’s a sheer tint product. It’s supposed to work on all skin colors from extremely pale to deep, rich skin tones. On my skin, it was too dark and a little too orangey for my taste. I tried to make it work, but when I was going out, I noticed my face looked super orange compared to the rest of my body. The cream does blend and vanish into the skin, but there’s still an orange tinge left behind. It just made my face look like a pumpkin. 🎃 Also, there is no coverage (if that’s what you’re looking for). It’s a sheer tint (what it is). I’m putting this out there because I can understand that some people might have acne marks, dark under eye circles, and uneven skin tone they want to cover even when using a tinted product. This product won’t cover them at all.
This is what the cream looks like. It’s an orange, tan color. I think this would work best on medium, golden skin tones. I think I’m too pale for this product. 😢
Lastly, did it break me out? I’ve been using it for about a week. At first, I thought I found a pretty good moisturizer even though I didn’t like the shade of the product. I was super excited! I was planning on using it anyways because of that. But, nope, I noticed clogged pores by the end of the week. The product is too heavy on my skin. Way too oily. Way too greasy. It didn’t sit on my skin well. It feels wet and feels like my face is being suffocated. The cream also transfers onto clothing and can easily be scraped off the face. lol. Maybe my face is just too oily?
I was initially attracted to this product because I wanted a mineral sunscreen that didn’t leave a white cast behind. That white cast settles into the eyebrows, hairline, and creases of the skin. I noticed it made my skin look blotchy too. I can see white patches of sunscreen even after blending and blending some more. I needed a product that would hide that white cast. I thought this product (or any other tinted product) would make it easier to reapply sunscreen throughout the day too, since I wouldn’t have to deal with that embarrassing white cast. But it looks like this isn’t it for me. It just didn’t work out. I guess this is another CeraVe product down. lol. There’s something about CeraVe products that don’t mesh with my skin. Oh well. Moving on, hahaha.